Working With Glue

I’m currently working on a couple of BLOG’s, but they are going to take a little bit of time because I think people will get some decent information out of them. As a result I’m taking my time on pen and paper. (I’ve already gone through half of a legal pad on just one.) I’m not expecting them to be long diatribes, but getting the thoughts in a logical order and cutting out some of the BS is going to take me a bit. Patience is a virtue.

With that being said I won’t leave everyone hanging for a long time without some words of wisdom. Gather round kids it’s story time again. This happened many moons ago while repairing a vase I broke.

If you haven’t guessed it already I was working with glue. I was using the industrial strength stuff my dad uses on the job sites to repair tools with. This shit is awesome. There are parts of the old dump trucks we have repaired over the years that are still holding together with it.

Back to repairing the vase. At some point in the repair process I must have dribbled a bit on the workspace. I placed my hand on said spill spot and was promptly glued to my 30 x 4 work bench which is also bolted to the wall. Now I’m not panicking yet, but a few obscenities were used. Knowing how powerful the glue is and it quick drying effect we of course purchased the solvent for it. However, I did not bring any inside.

At this point I’m still calm, but a little anxiety starts creeping in. I yell for someone to come help, but receive no response and then remember that the last member of family had left for the day about 20 minutes ago and no one was due back until late that evening. (Approximately 8 hours later) Waiting it out wasn’t an option and now I have to pee.

I am now looking around for my cell phone thinking ill just call a neighborhood and deal with a little embarrassment. Nope, I can see the phone, but it is well out of reach. Now I’m beginning to sweat. I start running through my options. I could just go ahead and rip my hand off but the resulting removal of god knows how much skin, blood, clean up, emergency room trip, plastic surgeon, etc…. I vetoed that  just on the financial amount alone.

I am now looking around at the various tools that I have nearby thinking I could gently pry my hand up. Luck would have it that a spackle spatula was near by however that turned out to be a fruitless endeavor. As I was just slowly tearing my skin off. So I surveyed the tools again and my eyes landed on the jigsaw. Yes boys and girls, I ended up cutting my hand out of the work bench.

After releasing myself from the stuck position I would spend the next few hours releasing myself from the plank of wood with the solvent followed, by replacing the actual work top space. Moral of the story is to always be careful when using glue.

Vehicle Starter Kit

Since I talked about some things to have on your person at all times lets talk about things to have in your vehicle. When I finally got my first vehicle ( 91 Dodge Caravan) my father handed me a socket set and told me to keep it in my van at all times. You don’t need to be a gear head to be able to work on your vehicle just be able to tighten things up when they come loose or reattach if they come off. I suggest getting a set that also includes hex (alen) keys and a multi-tip screwdriver.

Duct tape is always key. Don’t buy some shitty store brand. Purchase a decent brand name roll of the stuff. Duct tape can fix a lot of things. Handyman’s secret weapon. (Google RedGreen)

Jumper cables are always a good item to have. I don’t have chronic issues with my battery. It’s to help others than anything else. For the love of peaches buy a good set. Do not buy the cheapos from Wal-Mart. If anything you’ll end up frying both of the vehicles. I am also aware of the charge and go kit, but remember that is essentially a battery itself and will eventually discharge the juice you put in it especially in cold weather. It’s easier to just carry cables and bum a jump off of someone.

I highly recommend a flashlight. Do not get one of the shake and charge flashlights. I have yet to come across a decent one. Throw a small Maglite and a pack of batteries in the glove box and you are good to go. Just remember to check it once in a while. Nothing worse than needing to shed light on something in a hurry and the damn flashlight is deader than Anna Nicole Smith. (Too soon?) There are also small flashlights that can be charged off of the cigarette lighter power adapter.

All vehicles come with some sort of manual jack stand to help change tires in the instance you get a flat. Ditch it and buy something more durable. Every single time I help change a tire those things buckle and give way like someone blowing on a house of cards.

Since were talking about tires there are few things I recommend to keep in your vehicles for your tires. Tire slime does work. Keep a can or two of it in your vehicle. Tire repair patches are always a good thing especially if the puncture isn’t that bad. The next few things are optional depending on funds and space available. Tire pressure gauge, I don’t really trust the ones at the do it yourself air units. Which is why I carry a air pump that runs off the cigarette power adaptor. If you vehicle of choice allows for it and you have the money to do it put a full size tire in place of the space saver spare.

In the instance you do run into vehicle issues and are on the side of the road you’ll want to make yourself visible to other drivers especially at night. If your vehicle still has power put your hazards on. Secondly you should have some sort of reflective hazard signs that you can place about 10 feet behind your vehicle. I really caution against road flares just because of the required fireproof box needed to store them in, but also because the first hazard they pose while in use.

A first aid kit is also a must. Even if you only ever use a band aid from it, it’s worth having.

Finally a container of some kind to keep all of this stuff in. I’m fairly certain you don’t want all of this stuff rolling around in the cargo area of your vehicle. A basic Rubbermaid container will do.

Some of you may say “I don’t need any of the stuff I have OnStar or AAA.” So what if you do. What happens if you are in an area that doesn’t have cell service. Then what? I consider having these items part of being a responsible vehicle owner.